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James Sterling Ayars papers

Identifier: CLRC-1215

Scope and Content

The papers contain holographs, typescripts and corrected typescripts, front matter, galley proofs, correspondence, research materials and notes from eight titles published between 1952 and 1977.


  • 1943-1978


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Access and Use

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


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Biographical Sketch

James Sterling Ayars was born November 17, 1898, in Wimette, IL. He completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and attended the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois for graduate studies. In addition to his career as a writer, Ayars worked in publishing as an editor.

Ayars authored and co-authored eleven books which include: Basketball Comes to Lonesome Point(1952), Caboose on the Loose(1956), Another Kind of Puppy(1965), and We Hold These Truths(1977). His book, The Illinois River(1968), received the Clara Ingram Judson Award from the Society of Midland Authors in 1969. He married fellow editor and children's book author Rebecca Caudill in 1931.


2 boxes (2.0 cubic feet)


The James Sterling Ayars Papers contains holographs, typescripts, front matter, galley proofs, correspondence, notes, research materials, and photographs from eight titles published between 1952 and 1977.


Publications are listed alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of James Ayars.

Related Materials

The University of Illinois Library holds a collection of papers from James S. Ayars.
James Sterling Ayars Papers, 1943-1978
Sharlene Murphy
October 2004
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Collecting Area Details

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